Australian brewer, Carlton & United Breweries (CUB), has signed a 12-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with German renewable energy developer, service provider and wholesaler, BayWa r.e. to source 74,000 MWh per year of renewable energy from its solar farm in Mildura, Victoria.
CUB CEO, Jan Craps, said, the agreement was an important step in CUB’s commitment to 100 per cent of its electricity being sourced from renewables.
“As one of Australia’s first and leading manufacturing businesses, we have a responsibility to ensure we play our part in tackling climate change and a range of environmental challenges.”
CUB is also moving towards onsite solar generation, which will see solar panels on the roofs at each of its breweries.
Mr Craps said the company is reducing its environmental footprint while also gaining access to reliable and affordable power.
“Beyond our driving commitment to reduce our emissions, the investment also stacks up when you look at the reduced price we will pay to power our operations. Moving to renewable energy will ensure that we have certainty of supply and pricing, something that is incredibly important for a manufacturing business like ours.”
Sites will remain connected to the grid, allowing excess capacity to be fed back into the system.
Construction of the 112 MW solar farm is underway and BayWa r.e. has already self-financed and constructed the 4km grid connection. It will be built by Melbourne-based Beon Energy Solutions.